Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, to cite a film title by Pedro Almodóvar, are no rare occurrence in Baroque opera. They either go mad in the most literal sense of the word after finding themselves in seemingly inescapable situations, or they act like furies and in their rage become almost uncontrollable. For them, Handel and his contemporaries wrote powerful bravura arias with extreme, contradictory outbursts of emotion.
Karina Gauvin, who at the 2017 festival sung the title role of the already legendary Arianna in Creta, has the almost unmatched ability to bring off this dramaturgical exploit with the appropriate musical force. Anyone who years ago saw this soprano in the role of the sorceress Melissa (Amadigi di Gaula), foaming with rage and frustrated at the same time, will agree there could be no more appropriate casting for this music of “madness”. She will be accompanied on this emotional rollercoaster ride by the French ensemble Le Concert de la Loge.
The shocking "Wind of Insanity" (Vent de Folie), so the concert title of Karina Gauvin and the Concert de la Loge in France, could already be experienced in September 2017 at the renowned Festival de Musique Baroque d'Ambronay, or here with Handel's "Ah, mio cor" from the "Alcina".
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